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Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300? – The …

You probably aren’t familiar with Leagoo, a small Chinese smartphone company. But chances are you’re very familiar with its products, which appear to be heavily inspired by popular flagship phones from other companies.

Leagoo’s latest phone, the S9, is no exception, setting its sights on Apple’s flagship iPhone X, complete with reduced bezels and the infamous notch that has become the device’s hallmark design feature. (Leagoo is also beating Samsung to the “S9” name by a couple of months, because the company looks like an equal opportunist when it comes to borrowing ideas.)

According to Leagoo, the S9 will cost just a fraction of the iPhone X’s $999 price range, with the copycat set to run for “under $300.” That price isn’t getting you the greatest device, though: the S9 features a MediaTek P40 processor (a competitor for Qualcomm’s midrange Snapdragon 670 chip), 6GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. The display is a 5.85-inch AMOLED panel, and the cameras — housed in a vertically oriented iPhone X-style module, of course — are a pair of 16MP sensors.


7c6e5_P2 Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300? - The ...

There’s not a ton more information on the S9 out there beccause Leagoo hasn’t even officially announced it, despite sending over high-resolution pictures and a spec sheet to The Verge’s tip line. But it’s clearly an iPhone X clone, right down to the glass and aluminum design.

To slightly differentiate its device, Leagoo has opted for a fingerprint sensor on the back, the bottom bezel looks a little taller than Apple’s (similar more to the Essential Phone in that regard), and, of course, there’s a Leagoo logo on the back.

If Leagoo’s last phone — the S8, which cheekily copies Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship — is anything to go by, the S9 probably won’t be a “good” phone in the same way that the iPhone X is the best phone you can buy right now. But if you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and you really want to get in on that #notchlife without giving up the comforts of Android, then that is technically possible now (if not entirely recommended).

Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300?

You probably aren’t familiar with Leagoo, a small Chinese smartphone company. But chances are you’re very familiar with its products, which appear to be heavily inspired by popular flagship phones from other companies.

Leagoo’s latest phone, the S9, is no exception, setting its sights on Apple’s flagship iPhone X, complete with reduced bezels and the infamous notch that has become the device’s hallmark design feature. (Leagoo is also beating Samsung to the “S9” name by a couple of months, because the company looks like an equal opportunist when it comes to borrowing ideas.)

According to Leagoo, the S9 will cost just a fraction of the iPhone X’s $999 price range, with the copycat set to run for “under $300.” That price isn’t getting you the greatest device, though: the S9 features a MediaTek P40 processor (a competitor for Qualcomm’s midrange Snapdragon 670 chip), 6GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. The display is a 5.85-inch AMOLED panel, and the cameras — housed in a vertically oriented iPhone X-style module, of course — are a pair of 16MP sensors.


74879_P2 Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300?

There’s not a ton more information on the S9 out there beccause Leagoo hasn’t even officially announced it, despite sending over high-resolution pictures and a spec sheet to The Verge’s tip line. But it’s clearly an iPhone X clone, right down to the glass and aluminum design.

To slightly differentiate its device, Leagoo has opted for a fingerprint sensor on the back, the bottom bezel looks a little taller than Apple’s (similar more to the Essential Phone in that regard), and, of course, there’s a Leagoo logo on the back.

If Leagoo’s last phone — the S8, which cheekily copies Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship — is anything to go by, the S9 probably won’t be a “good” phone in the same way that the iPhone X is the best phone you can buy right now. But if you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and you really want to get in on that #notchlife without giving up the comforts of Android, then that is technically possible now (if not entirely recommended).

This Chinese Company Just Announced An iPhone X Clone Named The ‘Notch’

Weibo

Behold… the Boway Notch.

The iPhone X has been a generally well-reviewed device, but if there’s one aspect that have drawn the most criticism and mockery — and the one target at which other tech giants have taken shots — it’s that notch at the top of the display, which Apple officials call “sensor housing.”

Personally, the notch (Hong Kong Chinese media amusingly calls it an “M head,” which is Cantonese slang for a receding hairline) doesn’t bother me most of the time when I’m using the phone upright, but when I watch full-screen videos in landscape mode, it is a constant reminder of the design compromises Apple made to mimic a true bezel-less face.

Even Apple’s marketing team seems to be aware of this, as some of its promotional material curiously cuts off the “sensor housing.”

Based in the Hangzhou province of China, Boway is an OEM which has specialized in making printers and cutting machines since 1996. The Notch is its first foray into the world of consumer electronics. And from the looks of the launch event circulating on Weibo, the company is keen to make a big marketing push, even securing two Chinese celebrities to endorse the iPhone X clone.

Weibo

Chinese celebrities endorsing the iPhone X clone.

More on Forbes: My Favorite Smartphones Of 2017, Ranked

I’ve covered my fair share of Chinese ripoff phones — they’ve mostly copied the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Xiaomi Mi Mix so far — and contrary to western perception, they are not unsable. Sure, the lack of respect for intellectual property is amusing/frustrating, but other than that, these phones are fully functional and can get the job done for most average joes who just send emails and browse Facebook and Instagram.

These clones usually sell for under $200 and feature a mid-tier MediaTek processor. There’s no information on the Boway Notch yet, but it appears to be going this route.

Weibo

Another look at the Boway Notch.

It’s worth pointing out that the device has a fingerprint reader on the back — something the iPhone X does not have — which means the Boway Notch will very likely not have facial unlock. This makes the the notch mostly for looks, because the iPhone X’s notch is used to store a very intricate set of sensors that combine to form the “TrueDepth” camera system.

I have reached out to Boway and will definitely try to test the device. From the look of the photos though, it appears to have done a great job of mimicking Apple’s design.

Raspberry Pi clone Libre Renegade: $35 gets you Android, USB 3.0 and 4K video

84bdb_librerenegade Raspberry Pi clone Libre Renegade: $35 gets you Android, USB 3.0 and 4K video

The Renegade developer board takes on Raspberry Pi.


Libre Computer

Libre Computer, a Shenzhen-based firm, is touting a new Raspberry Pi Model B clone that also costs $35 but offers some better specs than the more famous developer board.

For now, the board dubbed Renegade is only available to back on Indiegogo and follows Libre Computer’s earlier Kickstarter-promoted Raspberry Pi 3 clone, Tritium.

The Renegade, spotted by CNX-Software, features up to 4GB DDR4 RAM, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a Rockchip RK3328 quad-core Cortex A53 processor and an ARM Mali-450MP2 GPU, two USB 2.0 Type A ports, and one USB 3.0 type A port. That’s one fewer USB port than the Raspberry Pi.

As TechRepublic notes, the Renegade DDR4 memory should be faster than the Pi 3’s DDR2, and the Gigabit Ethernet should also offer faster data transfers than the Pi. The same goes for USB 3.0.

The little computer is said to support Ubuntu 16.04 with Rockchip’s Linux 4.4 Kernel and Mainline Linux 4.14 LTS Kernel. It can also run Android 7.1 Nougat.

Renegade’s maker says it has completed product design, initial software support and testing. Delivery to backers begins in January 2018. It also says it’s sorted out software support for media center, gaming and desktop computing.

The 1GB model is available to backers for $35 but if this product goes to retail it will cost $45. It’s also available in 2GB 4GB options. The 4GB model costs $70 during the campaign but is planned for retail at $80. There’s also a $100 option that includes a heatsink, active cooling case 5 volt, 2.5 amp power supply and 32GV MicroSD card.

So far the Renegade campaign has only raised $625 of the $10,000 goal, however the Tritium campaign that began in November has so far raised over $37,000 from over 600 backers.

Previous and related coverage

Raspberry Pi, Linux on ARM users: Now you get a new browser option with Vivaldi

Vivaldi has unveiled a browser for Raspberry Pi and may soon have a build for smartphones, too.

Google offers Raspberry Pi owners this new AI vision kit to spot cats, people, emotions

Google’s Vision Kit lets you build your own computer-vision system for $45, but you’ll need your own Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi supercomputer: Los Alamos to use 10,000 tiny boards to test software

Los Alamos National Lab finds its answer to ‘exascale’ software development in the tiny Raspberry Pi.

First Renesas based Raspberry Pi clone runs Linux

iWave’s “iW-RainboW-G23S” SBC runs Linux on a Renesas RZ/G1C, and offers -20 to 85°C support and expansion headers including a RPi-compatible 40-pin link.

iWave’s iW-RainboW-G23S is the first board we’ve seen to tap the Renesas RZ/G1C SoC, which debuted earlier this year. It’s also the first Renesas based SBC we’ve seen that features the increasingly ubiquitous Raspberry Pi 85 x 56mm footprint, layout, and RPi-compatible 40-pin expansion connector. The board is also notable for providing -20 to 85°C temperature support.

iW-RainboW-G23S
(click image to enlarge)

The SBC runs Linux on the single- or dual-core RZ/G1C, which runs at 1GHz. The power-efficient SoC integrates the relatively low-end, but still 3D capable, PowerVR SGX531 GPU.

The RZ/G1C SoC joins other similarly Yocto Project supported Renesas RZ/G SoCs such as the dual-core RZ/G1E and RZ/G1M with 1GHz Cortex-A7 and 1.5GHz Cortex-A15 cores, respectively. There’s also an RZ/G1N, which is almost identical to the RZ/G1M, and an octa-core RZ/G1H with 4x Cortex-A15 and 4x -A7 cores.

iWave has previously adopted the Renesas RZ/G1H and RZ-G1E with the Qseven 2.0 form-factor iW-RainboW-G21M-Q7 and SMARC compatible RZ/G1E SMARC computer-on-modules, respectively. Both are available with carrier boards. The RZ-G1E also forms the basis of its SODIMM-style iW-RainboW-G22M-SM COM, which is sold as an SBC when paired with a Pico-ITX form factor carrier board. However, the new iW-RainboW-G23S is the first monolithic iWave SBC to use a Renesas processor.

iW-RainboW-G23S block diagram
(click image to enlarge)

The iW-RainboW-G23S supports up to 2GB DDR3 and 8GB or more of eMMC, plus a microSD slot and SPI flash. The SBC is not a true RPi clone, as it only has 2x USB 2.0 host ports instead of four, and the Ethernet port is Gigabit instead of 10/100Mbps. A micro-USB port and HDMI port are also supplied, along with a CVBS input jack and optional CVBS output.

Almost all other interfaces travel through one of three expansion headers. In addition to the Raspberry Pi compatible header, there’s a second 40-pin header that includes higher speed I/Os like LVDS, Parallel camera, and CAN. A third 20-pin connector includes serial debug and other interfaces.

Specifications listed for the iW-RainboW-G23S include:

  • Processor — Renesas RZ/G1C (1x or 2x Cortex-A7 cores @ 1GHz); PowerVR SGX531 GPU
  • Memory/storage:
    • 512MB to 2GB DDR3 RAM
    • 8GB (expandable) eMMC
    • 2MB (expandable) SPI flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Display and media I/O:
    • HDMI port
    • CVBS video input jack
    • Optional CVBS output jack or header
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Micro-USB OTG port
    • JTAG, SPI
  • Expansion:
    • Raspberry Pi compatible 40-pin interface (UART, SPI, 2x I2C, 17x GPIO)
    • 2nd 40-pin (non-RPi) connector — 3x UART (2x with CTS RTS) CAN, I2C, PWM, LVDS, Parallel camera, 2x I2S audio
    • 20-pin interface — Debug UART, UART/I2C, PWM
  • Other features — RTC with optional coin-cell battery; reset switch
  • Power — 5V, 2A input with optional lockable input header
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 85°C
  • Dimensions — 85 x 56mm
  • Operating system — Linux 3.10.31

 
Further information

The iW-RainboW-G23S appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at iWave’s iW-RainboW-G23S product page.
 

Microsoft previews ‘Near Share,’ an AirDrop clone for nimble Windows 10 file transfers

Microsoft last week rolled out another Windows 10 preview, a regular occurrence in its Insider program, that featured a handful of additions to the under-construction OS. One of those, called “Near Share,” is a simple wireless service meant for impromptu file transfer between devices.

The easiest way to pigeonhole Near Share is to think of it as Microsoft’s belated doppelgänger of Apple’s “AirDrop,” the share service that debuted on Macs, iPhones and iPads six years ago.

Although AirDrop is one of the most under-used tools in macOS and iOS, there’s no reason Near Share has to follow suit on Windows 10. That’s why Computerworld dug up information on the feature now, rather than wait for its debut next year.

What is Near Share anyway?

Near Share is Microsoft’s name for its ad hoc file transfer feature in Windows 10.

Olympus announces Android-powered Google Glass clone with a processor from 2011

Despite all of the product’s problems, I still wish Google had decided to release Google Glass to the general public (the $1,500 Explorer edition doesn’t count). The company decided that medical institutions and industry were the markets for Glass, and now Olympus is following suit with its ‘EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Smart Glasses.’

Like Google Glass, the EI-10 projects an image in front of your eyes, so you can easily view information while your hands are occupied. There’s a touch bar on the side for navigation, and for connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are included. Olympus says the internal battery should last for one hour of use, but at least it’s hot-swappable. The EI-10 is designed to be used with both protective work glasses and prescription glasses.

Not only will this not be sold to consumers, but it’s hardly an upgrade from Glass. The hardware is very similar to the original 2013 Glass Explorers edition, and the EI-10 is even a downgrade in some areas. Here are the specs:

The processor is a bizarre choice. Despite it being a step up from the OMAP 4430 used in Glass, it’s still a six-year-old chip. If I had to guess, Android 4.2 is probably being used because the chipset drivers for newer versions don’t exist, due to Texas Instruments leaving the smartphone/tablet business in 2012. The EI-10 also has a smaller 300mAh battery compared to the 570mAh one in Glass.

Obviously specifications aren’t as much of a concern to companies as they are to consumers, but even in workplace settings, this doesn’t sound fun to use. The one hour of use is going to get old quick, and developers making internally-used applications for this will have to target ancient SDK versions.

Olympus plans to sell the EI-10 for $1,499.99, the same price as the Glass Explorer edition. You can find more information at the source link below.

Press Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Drawing on its long history in the development of smart glasses technology, Olympus America Inc. announced today the launch of the EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Smart Glasses in the United States. The patented optical system in the EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 enables users to see its display without blocking eyesight and easily access information whenever needed without interfering with their activities.

Within its lightweight and compact form factor, the EI-10 incorporates both wireless LAN and Bluetooth® technology for wireless connection to a network or to peripheral devices. The EI-10’s long battery life and hot swap capabilities allow for extended use in a variety of demanding business settings.

The EI-10 is equipped with an attachment mechanism that allows it to be easily mounted to safety glasses or prescription glasses, so it can be used in a variety of environments with varying safety requirements and business use cases. Embedded sensors allow for easy navigation of the user interface and applications, which include photo and video capture and playback, QR code reader, and utility functions for custom developed applications.

The EI-10 is equipped with the Android® operating system and users are able to develop customized applications via the development tools provided by Olympus. Additionally, Olympus is currently partnering with product and software developers to further enhance users’ experiences with the El-10.

Partners including Rochester Optical (https://rochesteroptical.com/olympus/), a global leader in optical innovation, have worked with Olympus to develop prescription eyeglass frames with an integrated EI-10 mounting mechanism. WESTUNITIS (https://rms-et.westunitis.com/), a Japan-based software company, provides business solution software for use with the EI-10.

Olympus will continue to build their partner portfolio to facilitate the development of new opportunities and applications for the El-10 user.

Feature Overview

  • Compact, lightweight design optimized for extended use across business applications
  • Wireless LAN and Bluetooth for wireless connection to various networks and devices
  • Unique optical technology with a semi-transparent effect allows visualization of images and data without impeding eyesight
  • Incorporated sensors allow for a wide variety of custom-developed user applications
  • Android-based with robust development tools for product integration and application development

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 will be available in November for an estimated street price of $1,499.99 USD. For a complete list of specifications, or for more information, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com/smartglasses

EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Specifications

ABOUT OLYMPUS AMERICA INC.

Olympus America Inc. is a leading provider of digital imaging and audio technology solutions noted for its precision optics and groundbreaking technologies. For more than 90 years, Olympus has innovated and developed best-in-class products that expand the boundaries of product design and functionality, empowering consumers and professionals alike to capture their stories. These include:

Digital Compact Cameras

Professional and Consumer Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Related Underwater Products and Accessories

Digital Audio Recorders

Binoculars

Accessories

For more information about Olympus and our award-winning products, please visit getolympus.com or connect with us and other fans like you through our social and photographic communities: @getolympus on Facebook®, Twitter®, Tumblr®, YouTube®, Pinterest®, Instagram® and Flickr®.

Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. All trademarks and registered trademarks listed herein are the property of their respective holders, in the U.S. and/or other countries.

© 2017 Olympus America Inc.

View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/olympus-launches-the-eyetrek-insight-ei-10-smart-glasses-for-business-applications-300550021.html

SOURCE Olympus America Inc.

Olympus announces Android-powered Google Glass clone with a processor from 2011

Despite all of the product’s problems, I still wish Google had decided to release Google Glass to the general public (the $1,500 Explorer edition doesn’t count). The company decided that medical institutions and industry were the markets for Glass, and now Olympus is following suit with its ‘EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Smart Glasses.’

Like Google Glass, the EI-10 projects an image in front of your eyes, so you can easily view information while your hands are occupied. There’s a touch bar on the side for navigation, and for connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are included. Olympus says the internal battery should last for one hour of use, but at least it’s hot-swappable. The EI-10 is designed to be used with both protective work glasses and prescription glasses.

Not only will this not be sold to consumers, but it’s hardly an upgrade from Glass. The hardware is very similar to the original 2013 Glass Explorers edition, and the EI-10 is even a downgrade in some areas. Here are the specs:

The processor is a bizarre choice. Despite it being a step up from the OMAP 4430 used in Glass, it’s still a six-year-old chip. If I had to guess, Android 4.2 is probably being used because the chipset drivers for newer versions don’t exist, due to Texas Instruments leaving the smartphone/tablet business in 2012. The EI-10 also has a smaller 300mAh battery compared to the 570mAh one in Glass.

Obviously specifications aren’t as much of a concern to companies as they are to consumers, but even in workplace settings, this doesn’t sound fun to use. The one hour of use is going to get old quick, and developers making internally-used applications for this will have to target ancient SDK versions.

Olympus plans to sell the EI-10 for $1,499.99, the same price as the Glass Explorer edition. You can find more information at the source link below.

Press Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Drawing on its long history in the development of smart glasses technology, Olympus America Inc. announced today the launch of the EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Smart Glasses in the United States. The patented optical system in the EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 enables users to see its display without blocking eyesight and easily access information whenever needed without interfering with their activities.

Within its lightweight and compact form factor, the EI-10 incorporates both wireless LAN and Bluetooth® technology for wireless connection to a network or to peripheral devices. The EI-10’s long battery life and hot swap capabilities allow for extended use in a variety of demanding business settings.

The EI-10 is equipped with an attachment mechanism that allows it to be easily mounted to safety glasses or prescription glasses, so it can be used in a variety of environments with varying safety requirements and business use cases. Embedded sensors allow for easy navigation of the user interface and applications, which include photo and video capture and playback, QR code reader, and utility functions for custom developed applications.

The EI-10 is equipped with the Android® operating system and users are able to develop customized applications via the development tools provided by Olympus. Additionally, Olympus is currently partnering with product and software developers to further enhance users’ experiences with the El-10.

Partners including Rochester Optical (https://rochesteroptical.com/olympus/), a global leader in optical innovation, have worked with Olympus to develop prescription eyeglass frames with an integrated EI-10 mounting mechanism. WESTUNITIS (https://rms-et.westunitis.com/), a Japan-based software company, provides business solution software for use with the EI-10.

Olympus will continue to build their partner portfolio to facilitate the development of new opportunities and applications for the El-10 user.

Feature Overview

  • Compact, lightweight design optimized for extended use across business applications
  • Wireless LAN and Bluetooth for wireless connection to various networks and devices
  • Unique optical technology with a semi-transparent effect allows visualization of images and data without impeding eyesight
  • Incorporated sensors allow for a wide variety of custom-developed user applications
  • Android-based with robust development tools for product integration and application development

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 will be available in November for an estimated street price of $1,499.99 USD. For a complete list of specifications, or for more information, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com/smartglasses

EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Specifications

ABOUT OLYMPUS AMERICA INC.

Olympus America Inc. is a leading provider of digital imaging and audio technology solutions noted for its precision optics and groundbreaking technologies. For more than 90 years, Olympus has innovated and developed best-in-class products that expand the boundaries of product design and functionality, empowering consumers and professionals alike to capture their stories. These include:

Digital Compact Cameras

Professional and Consumer Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Related Underwater Products and Accessories

Digital Audio Recorders

Binoculars

Accessories

For more information about Olympus and our award-winning products, please visit getolympus.com or connect with us and other fans like you through our social and photographic communities: @getolympus on Facebook®, Twitter®, Tumblr®, YouTube®, Pinterest®, Instagram® and Flickr®.

Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. All trademarks and registered trademarks listed herein are the property of their respective holders, in the U.S. and/or other countries.

© 2017 Olympus America Inc.

View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/olympus-launches-the-eyetrek-insight-ei-10-smart-glasses-for-business-applications-300550021.html

SOURCE Olympus America Inc.

The OnePlus 5T might be an iPhone 7 clone in a Galaxy S8’s body

You may have a harder time finding a OnePlus 5 right now, not that you should buy one as long as OnePlus hasn’t fixed its serious privacy problem. More and more rumors say a OnePlus 5T may be imminent, which would explain why the OnePlus 5 is out of stock.

A new series of leaked images show a device that resembles the OnePlus 5’s iPhone 7 design if you only look at it from the rear and ignore the relocation of the fingerprint sensor. On the front, however, there’s an-all screen design that will make you think of the Galaxy S8.

OnePlus’s Carl Pei hinted on Twitter a few days ago that the OnePlus 5 production has been halted, and the phone is sold out:

A new report from GizmoChina features new image leaks obtained from Weibo which show the purported design of the OnePlus 5T.

That’s the phone many OnePlus 5 buyers would have probably wanted this summer. And it’d be pretty cheeky from the company to release an all-screen device that’s essentially similar to the OnePlus 5 when it comes to specs only a few months after the OnePlus 5.

a5daa_oneplus-5t-leaked-image-1 The OnePlus 5T might be an iPhone 7 clone in a Galaxy S8's bodyImage Source: Weibo

It’s one thing to unveil the phones simultaneously, letting customers know the version they might want to buy will only launch by the end of the year. But changing the design a few months after the OnePlus 5 launch while keeping in place the specs is somewhat insulting. It’s not like the handset will get a new camera or processor. So the only thing that OnePlus can update right now is the screen design.

That said, we could be looking at the OnePlus 6, in these images, a phone that would launch only next year, complete with fresh hardware and no controversies. But if that’s the case, does that mean OnePlus will resume OnePlus 5 production.

a5daa_oneplus-5t-leaked-image-1 The OnePlus 5T might be an iPhone 7 clone in a Galaxy S8's body

Also, let’s not forget there’s always a chance that we’re looking at forged photos. Or pictures showing prototype units. We certainly saw a large number of OnePlus 5 leaks this year, featuring several design variations that looked nothing like the final product.

The OnePlus 5T might be an iPhone 7 clone in a Galaxy S8’s body

You may have a harder time finding a OnePlus 5 right now, not that you should buy one as long as OnePlus hasn’t fixed its serious privacy problem. More and more rumors say a OnePlus 5T may be imminent, which would explain why the OnePlus 5 is out of stock.

A new series of leaked images show a device that resembles the OnePlus 5’s iPhone 7 design if you only look at it from the rear and ignore the relocation of the fingerprint sensor. On the front, however, there’s an-all screen design that will make you think of the Galaxy S8.

OnePlus’s Carl Pei hinted on Twitter a few days ago that the OnePlus 5 production has been halted, and the phone is sold out:

A new report from GizmoChina features new image leaks obtained from Weibo which show the purported design of the OnePlus 5T.

That’s the phone many OnePlus 5 buyers would have probably wanted this summer. And it’d be pretty cheeky from the company to release an all-screen device that’s essentially similar to the OnePlus 5 when it comes to specs only a few months after the OnePlus 5.

a5daa_oneplus-5t-leaked-image-1 The OnePlus 5T might be an iPhone 7 clone in a Galaxy S8's bodyImage Source: Weibo

It’s one thing to unveil the phones simultaneously, letting customers know the version they might want to buy will only launch by the end of the year. But changing the design a few months after the OnePlus 5 launch while keeping in place the specs is somewhat insulting. It’s not like the handset will get a new camera or processor. So the only thing that OnePlus can update right now is the screen design.

That said, we could be looking at the OnePlus 6, in these images, a phone that would launch only next year, complete with fresh hardware and no controversies. But if that’s the case, does that mean OnePlus will resume OnePlus 5 production.

a5daa_oneplus-5t-leaked-image-1 The OnePlus 5T might be an iPhone 7 clone in a Galaxy S8's body

Also, let’s not forget there’s always a chance that we’re looking at forged photos. Or pictures showing prototype units. We certainly saw a large number of OnePlus 5 leaks this year, featuring several design variations that looked nothing like the final product.




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